baixa-1Research line

The central research line of the group is linked to the Commons and the Collaborative Economy, from a perspective of policy co-creation and methodological innovation. More concretely, Commons as organizational form of production (Commons-based peer production or CBPP), approached from three perspectives:

Commons economics

Emergence and implications of the common-based peer production, economical innovation, digital social economy, and the configuration of a new production model based on open knowledge.

Commons politics
Political innovation in emerging areas of public policy, conflict and social mobilization associated to the regulation on commons economics, ICTs and the conditions of access and reuse of information and knowledge.

Commons future
Governance dilemmas and commons potential scenarios linked to highly innovative frontier open up by technological development.

Methodological approach

Commitment to rigor, front-line innovation & open access.

  • Methodological pluralism though quan(li)tative multi-methods triangulation. Comparative perspective.
  • Experimenting with online/virtual methods, agile frameworks, design thinking and lean research.
  • Action-participation. Research that inform technological or/and social processes design.
  • Prioritize open access publications and multi-canal dissemination.

Theoretical references

Yochai Benkler, Manuel Castells, Elinor Ostrom, Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Bruce Bimber, Donatella della Porta, Siobhan O’Mahony, Richard Rogers, Carlo Formenti, Lev Manovich.

Strategic guidelines

  • Combining frontier innovation with rigour in research.
  • Multidisciplinary: backgrounds in political science, anthropology, philosophy, economy, computer science and the arts.
  • Multi-methods: methods triangulation combining qualitative and quantitative methods, experimenting with online/virtual methods, and action participation.
  • Prioritizing social utility and impact: problem-solving type of research connected to social challenges and ongoing processes; engaging with policy recommendations and host product/service piloting.
  • Glocal: maintaining local and international partnerships (such as the Berkman Center for Internet and Society (Harvard University), the MIT Center for Civic Media and Cosmos – Scuola Normale Superiore (Italy)).
  • Self-reflective; innovation in research: experimenting with lean/agile/scrum and design thinking to organize the research; putting the results of research into practice; high importance of communication in the research (“release soon & frequently”).
  • Open publication (open access) & delivery of research data (open data).
  • Networking with frontier experiences in the creation of open knowledge; collaborations with Wikimedia Foundation, Open Knowledge Foundation and CoKo Foundation; feeding and promoting the local hub/network of expertise (School of the Commons).
  • Gender analysis incorporated transversally into the research. Gender-plural group.